Place.

That’s what drives me.  Experiencing place.  Actively engaging the natural world.  Learning.  Understanding.  The camera is my tool of choice.  I’m an Outdoor Photographer focusing on the Southern Appalachian Mountains and along the Carolina coastlines.  Welcome!

Year in Review:  10 for 2017

Year in Review: 10 for 2017

Every June I travel sure-footed along the Appalachian Trail, up and over the open, grassy meadows of the Roan Highlands seeking showy pink seasonal blooms of Catawba Rhododendron. My anticipation drives grand visions of large stands of heavy,...

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QOD 8/18/2017:  Where Would You Travel?

QOD 8/18/2017: Where Would You Travel?

I often wish I were more worldly, but honestly, I haven't done much traveling.  Well, that's not entirely true I guess.  I travel constantly, for a living, but I never go very far away.  While my sister has circled the world and turned...

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Photo Essay:  My Outer Banks

Photo Essay: My Outer Banks

Photography is a game of vision, and vision is unique to each photographer. How each of us views a place is some complex derivation of personal experiences, learned knowledge, and personal attributes—all of which cannot be duplicated, only...

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Monthly:  June 2017

Monthly: June 2017

June.  The pinnacle month of spring bloom atop the high peaks of the Southern Appalachian mountains.  June is a month of color:  magenta pinks, flaming oranges, buttercup yellows, ruby reds.  The weather, too, becomes quite colorful. ...

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March/April/May 2017

March/April/May 2017

MONTH IN REVIEW March / April / May 2017 Mark VanDyke, Photographer 23 June 2017 When I started monthly reviews late last year I honestly thought I could fit in a post each month without too much pain.  Best laid plans, right?!  Spring has quickly become my busiest...

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Month in Review:  February 2017

Month in Review: February 2017

MONTH IN REVIEW February 2017 Mark VanDyke, Photographer 24 February 2017 February was full of surprises, the largest being the arrival of spring!  The spring season came crashing onto the scene with the gusto of Donald Trump--although it's arrival was decidedly more...

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Photo Essay:  Virginia Bluebell Wildflowers

Photo Essay: Virginia Bluebell Wildflowers

Each year, a small gap in my travel schedule allows a return to my hometown of Northern Virginia to witness and photograph the Virginia Bluebells.  Much of the early spring hype is focused on the nearby Japanese Cherry Trees in downtown Washington D.C., where visitors...

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January 2017

January 2017

MONTH IN REVIEW January 2017 Mark VanDyke, Photographer 28 January 2017 January.  A month of gray skies and gusting winds here in the mid-Atlantic.  Forests stand dormant, leaves long since shed.  The ground frosts and heaves.  Critters are sparse.  Watercourses are...

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